Test: Find the Right Tripod for This Summer’s Photo Adventures

Despite the fact that summer and the light is here, there are situations where a tripod is a must. We test 18 tripod to help you find the one that gives you the stability you want to access.

Areas we tested is stability, sense of quality, uses and functions, as well as what you actually get for the price tag. Depending on the application, for example, a Tal weight to be the most interesting in one location, while the maximum load or function may be important in another.

In the test, we assume ordinary photography with SLR equipped with normal zoom, and have tried to weigh all score in comparison with weight and size to get the relationship as fair as possible. In the case of a lens had a built in or supplied tripod head, we have figured out – we have only tested the stand features.

Benro A3580T, aluminium

A robust design that not only gives the impression of quality, but also have the. Vredena for the legs are made of rubber, which makes it easy and comfortable to twist and lock up. All leads also feels sluggish and dumb, which raises the quality feeling further. The construction feels the same as both the Gitzo and door.

My column is reversible for photo down, while having a hook for the opportunity to hang on top for extra stability. However, you can’t put the camera directly on the stand without mittenpelaren. Latch leg precipitate feels slightly sluggish, though the sight of it is good.

The stand has many details that are good, including reversible screw to get the two dimensions to the tripod head. At the top are both built-in bubble level and compass – the latter testifies to use outdoors. Therefore, it is also possible to replace the rubber feet to the supplied spikes, perfect if you’re shooting on the ice. But this may also be the weight be a problem because people often want to have light gadgets with them in difficult terrain. For its price it gives incredibly much tripod for the money.

Benro C3580T, carbon fiber

Benros other stands are of the same model as the first, with the main difference that it is made of carbon fiber. In addition, the design exactly the same, except that the legs are gummivredena for something bigger. However, some differences exist, including a higher height (12 centimeters to the aluminum version) at 187 centimetres and an increased load of 18 kg.

Another difference is the weight, the tripod is around 15 per cent lighter, or 300 grams, against A3580T. The difference is not so obvious, but the grade of the use will be higher than for aluminium version – lighter weight while maintaining stability and the possibility of increased load. However, the price is over double that, which may be difficult to justify.

Benro C2980T, carbon fiber

If we look closer at the easier variant, we see many interesting features, such as reversible Center pillar, which is also excellent fold-out to reach out to the side. The design of the legs is made not to admit dust or sand.

The Center pillar is also a weight hook for extra stability, together with a spirit level to assist in oplant surface.

Overall, construction, weaker than C3580T, which also shows that the stand can withstand around 30% less weight according to the specification, i.e. 12 kilos.

Benro C4780T, carbon fiber

The tripod is a robust construction with an impression of quality. One of the handles is neoprenbeklädnad. The size of the rotating plate to attach camera in is large, which means that the stability will be enhanced through the fixed surface, which also lends itself to larger cameras or cameras with heavy telephoto lenses.

The partitions in the legs are like C2980T, sift, and screwed, which works very well. The stand has no Center pillar, which makes it extra sturdy, but not going to adjust as much as a tripod with Center pillar. With extended legs come down a long way, which is good. Built-in bubble level and remove screw only rubber feet, can be replaced with spikes.

Door A4, aluminium

Looking at Gate A4, one sees striking similarities with both the Benro and Gitzo, with few changes in details, including going down really low. Another difference is that leg lock function the precipitation is resilient, which can be both advantage and disadvantage – for example, you must extend the leg fully before you fold it to any of the three positions you want.

Mittpelaren is reversible for photo down, and has a hook for extra weight and stability. Stability is also really good, and the stand is in the better segment in the test. Plus the ability to turn the screw on the tripod head plate to be able to use two dimensions – but a really big minus is that the tripod head is not going to fix completely when using the small screw. This course pulls down a rating, on a tripod, which still holds a high standard for his price.

Gitzo GT2541 carbon fiber series 2,

Carbon fiber tripod is Gitzos from series 2, which has the least weight in relation to the weight it can withstand. This is also seen on the design – easy and stable with high quality feel throughout, with all joints feel dumb without slipping. The main hook for hanging weight during the stand are also available, something that is especially important for this lightweight tripod. The screw of the tripod head can turn around. For those who want to come down closer to the ground, for example for macro photography it is possible to remove mittenpelaren and attach the camera directly on the stand.

We look at the lock function for ben precipitation we encounter on a specific problem – the button is rather small and there may be problems to pull it out when you have gloves on, such as in the winter. Rubber vreden for the legs, however, feels good.

Price feels somewhat expensive compared to what you get, and even if the stand is very good so it does not live up to the price tag.

Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 carbon fiber,

A carbon fiber tripod that has the time to search with the ability to turn up the legs in four positions and over 90 degrees. A great feature is that in a grip also can angle mittpelaren 90 degrees out from the stand body. This is ideal if you want to get close to the ground, something that also works with the lowest height, 11 centimeters.

Lock the buttons for bone positions pushed inwards-good thinking, because it is so simple. In addition to plastic feeling in leg clamps feels stand qualitative and stable. Not the most stable in the test, but then they should think about the weight just on 1.6 kg.

Manfrotto 190XPROB, aluminium

Built in aluminium with same design principle as 055CXPRO3. One difference is that you can not bend the leg higher than 90 degrees, otherwise the stand the same functionality.

The big difference between the two Manfrotto stands is the maximum height, which is slightly over 30 centimeters lower at 190XPROB. The stand is also slightly heavier (200 grams) with 1.8 kg. At the same time tolerate the not as much weight. The major difference between the Manfrotto stands is in the price, the 190XPROB has a price tag that is on less than half of what you get a 055CXPRO3 for.

Sirui T-1005X, aluminium

The stand has two neoprenhandtag for good grip. Mittpelaren is reversible, and a stump Center pillar can be used to take photographs in mode splits and get down the height.

Another smart thing with the stand is that the legs can turn fully on, which makes the mittpelaren ports inside the legs, and thus reduces the length when it is folded. It is therefore also to photograph in this direction, even if it is not possible to lock the legs in this position. Then you might as well turn mittpelaren.

Mittpelaren also has a hook to hang the weight on for better stability – a stability that is good from the beginning, mixed with an impression of good quality.

Sirui T-2205X, carbon fiber

The stand has exactly the same functionality as aluminiumvarianten, but with the addition that there are spikes built into the foot.

The stand reaches 15 cm higher, and can handle 2 kilos more weight than aluminium versions. Stability is slightly better than that of the T-1005X.

Triopo GT-3230X8C, carbon fiber

This is the stand where you actually get a chance to pick off one of the legs to get a monopod, which is smart. This is a neoprenbeklädnad.

Mittpelaren is reversible, but cannot share. In it sits a hook to hang the weight for better stability.

The build is solid and feel smart and thoughtful, and has pretty good stability.

Vanguard Abeo Plus, carbon fiber

All three legs have neoprenbeklädnad for better grip. The legs have quick release instead of the captive screws, allowing them to quickly go to the lock. Also mittpelaren has a quick-release buckle – and worth noting here is that the lock can be adjusted to get the harder crunch. Nevertheless, we are not entirely satisfied with the mittpelarens stability, it does not feel sufficiently stiff when it gets a little height.

The stand also has winter boots that make it easier to put on, for example, snow. To remove these, you get a shoe in rubber, with opportunity to screw up the spikes for mounting on the ice.

Mittpelaren is divisible, and has a hook in itself for the possibility of weight. The stand is level.

Vanguard Alta Plus 203, aluminium

One of the easier stands in the test which is also reflected in the price. Alta Plus to pass the two-pound load, which might be borderline case when using outdoors, but at the same time, there is still a hook for weight suspension.

Quality feel is in accordance with the price tag, and you then even with a tripod head with two large knobs that give good grip. However, they can create problems when they stand out some how to twist them.

The stand is in general quite smoothly and perfectly adequate for a simple SLR, but maybe not with a heavy tele. Perfect for fast images with normaloptik.

Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT, carbon fiber

A stand with all the possibilities. Quality feeling feels somewhat better than Alta Plus, but it is also made of carbon fibre rather than aluminium and has a 600 gram higher weight with his two kilos. Otherwise the two stands equal in many ways. The same twisted in plastic for the center pillar, like leg clamps and as plasticky button for ben precipitation.

However, the maximum load is increased from two kilos of Alta Plus to seven kilos in Alta Pro.

The Center pillar is going to pull up and rotated outward for the photo to the side or completely down for the photo to the ground.

The functions of the stand is thus quite a few, and with a sense of stability and quality as one would expect for the price tag.

Vanguard Auctus Plus

This tripod has several similarities with Vanguard Abeo Plus. Snowshoeing is one of them, even if they are larger at Auctus, together with rubber shoe and spikes. On all legs are rubber coverings. The bones are dust-proof construction, and a good thing is that it has the measure of the legs, which means that you can quickly find the right height.

The center pillar is reversible and sharable and have hook. Another thing is that the center pillar is locked with a twist, which is fast but not stabilast. The stand is level.

Another clever feature is vevkontrollen which lets you adjust the height of the center pillar in a controlled manner, something that is useful if you have heavy plays on the stand. Also inertia in adjusting the tripod head can be adjusted with the controls.

The tripod is strong and has some smart features, and feels solid. Use the system camera with the big lens, it can be a good option. Auctus manages 18 kilos, the same weight as the Benro C3580T, which weighs 2 kilos.

Velbon GEO E630, carbon fiber

At first glance, a really neat frame with foam grip on all three legs. The quality also feels good until you look more closely at lock bolts for legs, which are plastic and unreliable. And it is true – when your legs are pulled out and locked the joists can push the legs.

However, the rule for the center pillar good. A bag to attach the stand for extra weight comes with while providing a carrying strap that you can click or screw for the tripod head is reversible for two dimensions.

Velbon Sherpa 803, aluminium

Stable tripod with several advantages and several disadvantages. Main advantage is that you can remove the center pillar to mount this separately on a table edge. Main drawback is that these parts are made of thin plastic, leading to scepticism when you probably often loosen, screws and turn the parts – they will last?

Another disadvantage is that there is only one leg position, therefore nothing that opens to get down really low with the camera mounted at the top – on the other hand, can I turn mittpelaren.

Stand in aluminium look qualitatively, feels solid and has a simple basic design.

Leg lock bolts are comfortable to both open and close, while providing a silent pinching. Velbon Sherpa 803 is similar to Manfrotto 190XPROB, in many respects, but has less functionality at the same price.

Velbon Sherpa OUT-63D, aluminium

Stability is good for this tripod, made in aluminium, with the feet to adjust the height. Bone turned out instead to be pulled out, and thus secured by twisting. The procedure is somewhat uncertain, then you do not always know how much you have to turn to.

Quality feeling is not on top, and uses are somewhat limited, as there are not so many extra features.